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Will writing news – Berkshire man fined for fraudulent wills service

16th May 2012

The 47-year-old man had been trading under the name of Tony Edwards and ran two businesses known as Legacy & Law and the UK Will Register. He wrote to a large number of clients informing them that a change in the law required them to amend their wills.

Clients then paid him £30 to £60 to make unnecessary amendments to their wills. He also took payments for secure storage of wills, however, Bracknell Forest Council’s found a number of last will and testament documents in the man’s airing cupboard at his home.

Jailed last August for fraudulent trading, the scammer has been released after serving half of his 14-month prison sentence which was handed down in August 2012 by Reading Crown Court.

However, he could go back to prison if he does not pay the fine.

Meanwhile, the judge has asked the council’s solicitors to refer the case to the Legal Services Board and the Legal Ombudsman, in support of calls for will writers to be fully regulated.

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